Pope leads joyous million-strong mass on Sri Lanka seafront

January 14, 2015 1:58 PM

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Colombo: A million worshippers packed the Colombo seafront to greet Pope Francis as he canonised Sri Lanka’s first saint on Wednesday in the biggest public celebration the city has ever witnessed.

Many had waited through the night to see the first pope to visit the island in two decades canonise Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary who disguised himself as a beggar to evade persecution.

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